The rushing river finally gave way to a slower moving pool and Nalak was able to scramble out of the water. He was in the lair of some large foul smelling beast. The smell of refuse, filth, and feces nearly overwhelmed him. He quickly scanned the room and noticed an exit, but luckily no creature. The rest of the party decided it best to go in search of the dwarf and headed down the rough hewn corridor that led to the hobgoblin tunnels. They came to the fork in the tunnel and headed north following the putrid smell. After a few minutes the party emerged from the tunnel in the lair of the beast. Tolmie took a quick look around the room and found Nalak trying to hide. Then the sound of grinding on stone could be heard from the north. The party quickly fled the area down a second tunnel that led south. The noise was getting louder and louder. Fearful, the party doubled back to the beast’s lair, just in time to see and feel the north wall explode as the undrathar returned home. A battle ensued. Amras was plagued by a strange confusion that eminated from the beast. Raven noticed that the beast still had a javelin stuck in its head from a previous encounter with the hobgoblins. After a few more tense moments of combat, the creature laid at Nalak’s and Lugdush’s feet, with its blood spilling out onto the floor. A closer inspection of the room netted the party a ring of protection. Leaving the corpse behind, the party ventured deeper into the hobgoblin tunnels. The first room they entered was the kitchen. The smell of freshly cooked vension engulfed the room. Four female hobgoblins worked a cauldron of stew in the center of the room, while two small males prepared the vension on a large table at the back of the room. Raven began by asking the females to leave. Armed with their stirring ladles the females slowing began to leave the room. The males armed with their cutting knives, began to leave as well. Lugdush and Amras blocked the males escape. The Lead two females broke into a run and began yelling for Khad’zakk, while the other two turned to fight Lugdush and Amras. The male hobgoblins were easily dispatched by Raven and Amras. Lugdush dropped one of the females but was bludgeoned by the other. Tasting his own blood and feeling his own blood trickle down his face, Lugdush repaid the favour and the last female was cut down by his trident. The party then moved on to the next room. This cavern was occupied by six hobgoblin sentries and had a human male chained in the far corner. He was to be fed to the ghouls the next morning. After withstanding a barrage of javelin fire, Nalak and Lugdush charged into the room and a melee began. The chained man began to sing a battle hymn the inspired and excited the heroes and helped spur them on. The song was an epic ballad, one of courage and hope. The party dispatched the sentries with this new found vigor and helped the man from his shackles. He introduced himself as Tolmie Luckblade, a wandering bard. Lugdush, bleeding badly decided to leave the cavern and head for the safety of the vault, Amras followed closely behind. Raven, Nalak, and Tolmie decided to stay and search the area for treasure. Suddenly, Amras heard booted feet coming down the tunnel from the north, fearing it was Khad’zakk, Lugdush told him to throw a smoke stick down the tunnel. Summonning all his strength, Amras hurled the smoke stick down the tunnel and soon coughing and choking were heard. Lugdush’s keen hearing noticed more sounds coming down another tunnel further in the west. He crouched down and hid as best he could. He could see four female hobgoblins coming towards him, down the tunnel. Tolmie, hearing the choking and coughing decided to go and investigate, while Nalak and Raven hid in the shadows. Seeing a patrol of well armed hobgoblins coming out of the smoke, Tolmie cast a grease spell under the hobgoblins feet, tripping two in the process. The female hobgoblins walked right past the hiding Lugdush and came at Amras from behind. Amras unleashed a few seeking missile spells that found their intended victim’s chest and dropped it. The remaining three females attacked Amras with their knives and scored a couple of hits that opened up cuts on his arms and face. The males that were not stopped by the grease turned and proceeded down the tunnel towards Raven and Nalak. Their leader, an ogre named Khad’zakk brandished a large greatsword that was caked with dried blood. Raven and Nalak fought hard side by side and soon the bodies of their enemies were beginning to pile up. Lugdush, unseen until this time, dropped his owl figurine and spoke the elven words that summoned it to this plane. A great owl appeared and swooped down on the unsuspecting female hobgoblins, making quick work of them. Amras, suffering a few more cuts and bruises kept his magic flowing and felled one of the males with a well placed magic missile. Finally, Khad’zakk emerged and squared off with Nalak and Raven. The three combatants exchanged blow after blow with neither side gaining a clear upper hand. Suddenly, a trident weilding Lugdush charged from behind the ogre and scored a major blow. The force of the blow staggered the ogre. With its last strength, the ogre unleashed its fury and scored a critical hit to the side of Lugdush’s exposed body. The greatsword bit deep into Lugdush, so deep in fact that a lesser warrior would have been cut into two. Seeing their friend fall and fearing the worst, Nalak and Raven pressed the attack until the ogre breathed its last. At last the fighting stopped and the sound of silence was welcomed. The party, after stopping to tend to the fallen, bandage wounds, and catch their breath, followed the tunnel which began to ascend until it reached the outside, a few hundred yards from the now elven fortress. Raina and Eldor, with Elistrae and Correlon’s blessing, tened to the wounded.